“We have a great bunch of lads at this club and the club have been fantastic from the top to the bottom as well as the supporters.
“We know what we have got within our dressing room. There weren’t too many changes from our promotion season last year and it’s been fantastic for us to continue that into the Premier League. We just need to concentrate on ourselves. It’s a tough league, but we have a lot of games left. We need to keep improving and keep proving people wrong.”
A mournful atmosphere hung in the air at the Cardiff City Stadium while the players warmed up in t-shirts displaying the face of Sala, who went missing along with pilot Dave Ibbotson over the Channel Islands.
Tulips and daffodils were laid as a sign of unity between Cardiff City and FC Nantes, before the whole of the stadium’s Canton Stand held cards aloft to spell out Sala’s name in the colours of his native Argentina.
Cardiff players looked to be on the verge of tears, but they channeled their emotions to pay the perfect tribute to the 28-year-old.